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5 tips for talking to young children about sex, body exploration, and avoiding shame

The A-Z explanation of human sexuality is far too much for young children to grasp and would certainly be overwhelming, but I wholly believe that it is empowering for kids to know about their bodies — real, accurate information delivered in small doses adding layer upon layer of detail as their questions prompt further answers. I think this is one of our most important jobs as parents. It falls to us to be our children's most reliable, honest source of information because if those answers don't come from us, they will come from somewhere else and you can be sure that other sources will serve them up in ways that will anger/upset/terrify you.

Offbeat kids books about sex and bodies

Sex education for children is definitely a hot button issue, but one that can empower children to claim ownership of their bodies AND teach them the various functions those bodies can have. Here are a few books that can help guide your young ones through their own periods of curiosity and confusion.

The Talk

This week we received a sheet of paper from the district—a head’s up, if you will—about a few films that will be shown to the 5th and 6th grade classes between now and the end of the year.

Yep, those videos.